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The Dog Ate My ARRA Reporting

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board has just published a list of more than 4,000 prime recipients of ARRA contracts and grants that failed to comply with the first round of reporting requirements, including data on job creation and retention.More...

ARRA Non-Reporters Exposed

The Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board has posted a list of more than 4,000 ARRA prime recipients that should have submitted reports but failed to do so. Good Jobs First has begun to examine the list, which is presented in the form of a 238-page PDF and which has limited identifying information about the contract and grant recipients.More...

NYC Approves Recovery Zone Bonds for Project that Won’t Aid Recovery

by Allison Lirish Dean, Good Jobs New YorkMore...

New ARRA Info Resources

New Recovery Act information resources continue to appear on the scene. Here is a roundup of new items from the past few weeks:

FedSpending Reconfiguration of ARRA Recipient DataMore...

Misbehaving Contractors are Recovery Act Winners

by Philip Mattera, Good Jobs First

The federal government has awarded about $17 billion in direct contracts under the various provisions of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Given the Administration’s commitment to accountability, one hopes that the contractors were chosen with the utmost care and that any companies with serious blemishes on their record were excluded.More...

ARRA Contracts & State-level Political Donors

by Edwin Bender, National Institute on Money In State Politics

ARRA funds remain ripe fruit for politics as usual. Creating a new metrics for watching over those fruits is critical to the health of our government.More...

Stimulus Lobbying Pays Off for Major Contractors

by Philip Mattera, Good Jobs First

Last spring, when the ink was barely dry on the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), there was already concern about an emerging frenzy of lobbying on behalf of corporations seeking a slice of the stimulus pie.More...

Watchdog Groups Speak Out on Recovery Act Data

Organizations associated with States for a Transparent and Accountable Recovery (the STAR Coalition) have been scrutinizing the first round of Recovery Act (ARRA) recipient data released October 30 at the federal Recovery.gov website. Here is a synopsis of some of their initial reactions at both the national and state level.More...

The Case of the Missing Jobs

by Philip Mattera, Good Jobs First

Here's a mystery for Recovery Act sleuths: how do you spend more than $1 billion and have no jobs to show for it? That's one of odd results from an examination of the ARRA recipient data recently released on Recovery.gov.More...

ARRA Executive Compensation Data No Longer Anonymous

by Philip Mattera, Good Jobs First

In a victory for transparency, the ARRA data on Recovery.gov now has names--the names, that is, of the highest paid officers at companies that received Recovery Act contracts directly from the federal government.More...

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